Jun 3 2013
Good friend and mentor Allan Carrington recently enhanced his “Padagogy Wheel” a visual representation of how iPad apps can be integrated into learning experiences using Bloom’s Taxonomy.
I love this latest version which has at the core, the characteristics and attributes we desire to see in learners. These were inspired by a podcast interview Allan did with Prof Geoff Scott “If you exercise these capabilities.. you will be employed!” where he lists 15 graduate capabilities that research has shown are requested by business.
Here’s a short clip with Allan explaining the padagogy Wheel.
The outer SAMR layer serves as a reminder on how we are integrating technology – are we using technology to enable what was previously impossible to be possible? Or are we simply integrating for integration sake? SAMR gives us something to measure our integration of technology and what that is accomplishing. I dont believe we need to be only operating in the Redefinition zone, but SAMR is a good guide for us.
In the substitution zone, teachers or students are using technology tools to replace other tools, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different.
Though it is a different level, but we are still in the substitution mentality but this time with added functionalities. Again using the example of Google docs, instead of only writing a document and having to manually save it and share it with others, Google Docs provides extra services like auto saving, auto syncing, and auto sharing in the cloud.
This is the level where technology is being used more effectively not to do the same task using different tools but to redesign new parts of the task and transform students learning. An example of this is using the commenting service in Google Docs, for instance, to collaborate and share feedback on a given task task.
If you are to place this level in Blooms revised taxonomy pyramid, it would probably correspond to synthesis and evaluation as being the highest order thinking skills. Redefinition means that students use technology to create imperceptibly new tasks. As is shown in the video below an example of redefinition is “when students connect to a classroom across the world where they would each write a narrative of the same historical event using the chat and comment section to discuss the differences, and they use the voice comments to discuss the differences they noticed and then embed this in the class website”.
When Allan first published his Padagogy Wheel the first sign he had of it’s popularity was that his website went down – it had received so much traffic and downloads of the Padagogy Wheel PDF that the webhost had to suspend it!
Those teachers using iPads and following Bloom’s Taxonomy as they plan their students learning experiences will appreciate the support that the Padagogy Wheel provides.
Im sure it wont be long before Allan finds ways to enhance this just that little bit more!